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Steven Spielberg may be bringing Moses back to the big screen
Steven Spielberg is preparing to part the Red Sea again.
The director is close to signing on to helm a new film at Warner Bros. based on the life of the Biblical hero Moses.
According to Deadline.com, the studio wants a gritty, realistic take on the Jewish leader in the vein of "Braveheart" or Spielberg's own "Saving Private Ryan," while still portraying all the highlights of Moses' long life, as he survives an atypical adoption process, hears the voice of God, parts the Red Sea, frees the Israelites from Egpyt, presents the Ten Commandments, and walks the desert for 40 years.
The film is tentatively titled "Gods And Kings." Warner Bros. wants to start production sometime in spring of 2013. The life story of Moses has been filmed numerous times, with Charlton Heston famously portraying the prophet in 1956's epic "The Ten Commandments" (pictured).
Spielberg has two films in theaters now, the best picture nominee "War Horse" and the Peter Jackson co-production "The Adventures of Tintin." He's currently directing Daniel Day-Lewis as another oft-filmed historical figure in the epic "Lincoln," co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. After that wraps, he's trading the past for the future to direct "Robopacalypse."